Then I have to share what else I found....We went jewelry shopping one afternoon in the heart of the touristy waterfront area of Kailia-Kona. I wanted to pick up a necklace that was made by a local artist. After visiting several shops we can upon a small shop simply called "Hawaiian made Jewelry" It was run by a couple who specialized in capturing the spirit of the big island using many local stones and fresh water pearls in the wife's work. In the back of the shop, were probably about a dozen necklaces that were more Victorian looking, with some bling and fresh water pearls. I zeroed in on the necklace below--not your usual Hawaiian piece. But I was smitten by it. When I tried it on, the shop owner handed me a billowly lace hand mirror covered with pink roses to view the necklace on my neck. I made the comment, "gee this mirror looks quite Victorian to me". Come to find out the artist loves Victorian style, and only makes few pieces (such as the one I came to purchase).
So I did not get my Hawaiian necklace this trip, but I am so excited about this one, I wore it out on our final night in Kona, (see below with my friend Georgienne). I got so many compliments, I knew I had scored:)